I’ve written 1493 words on this Fan Fiction piece tonight, and damn was it fun! This was the first writing I’ve done since the 8th of February. In that time I have done a little outlining and have editing two novella length pieces.
I’m a little surprised at how much easier it was to write those words with the outlining notes I’ve got. Considering how hard I found the outlining process for The Space Watch, I’m feeling optimistic about outlining in the future. I think with The Space Watch some of the problem I had was that it is a story Owen and I have been working on for a long time and maybe I was a little tired of it. Although I do think it’s turned out well. Another problem I think I was having was that I was trying to be too in-dpeth with it. With the outline I’ve been working on for this zombie piece I’ve not tried to do a chapter-by-chapter outline. Instead I’ve just written what happens in the story, and created the characters for the story.
When I was talking to Scott Sigler and A Kovacs a couple of weeks ago I spoke to both, briefly, about outlining and A said that Scott’s early outlines wouldn’t be very long, but his most recent book the outline is around the eighty page mark and much more detailed. I think that was what I was doing wrong; trying to put too much into the outline before I was ready too. It’s like when Owen and I were trying to get Project Apollo written, we weren’t ready to write a story that was as long or complex as that one is. The pieces I’m working on now are less complicated but I think the more that I outline the more complex they’ll get because I’ll be getting more experience with doing them.
In addition to the words I’ve written today I’ve done some work on the zombie story outline, not much but I’ve got some more work done on the characters. Aside from some character details I’m not sure how much more I need to add to this outline, but once I’ve finished these last few character bits I’ll leave it for a little while until I’ve finished work on this Fan Fiction piece. Once I’ve done that I’ll look to start writing the zombie piece.
I am going to try and get back into blogging daily. I find it quite motivating, which I think is good for me.